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Movies you should watch and like!

The following is in no particular order.

Rating breakdown:

**** = You should own this one and/or seen it in theaters.

*** = Good with potential. Buy or see it for good fun.

** = Mediocre. Buy or see it if there's nothing to do.

* = shameful (notice no capital s, either) If you own or see this, I will shun you and tell everyone you know to do the same. The Crow

One of the most quinessentials film of this decade. This bitter tale of revenge defines the limitless boundaries of the most wonderous and mind-stifling emotion - love. The late Brandon Lee does an incredible role playing Eric Draven. This movie is by my standards the best to be owned. Every household should retain one. ****

Strange Days

One of James Camaron's best. Before Titanic hit, James put out this tale of murder and betrayal at the end of the 20th century. Ralph Fiennes plays Lenny Nero, a former cop, now turned a wiretrip supplier who is enveloped in a plot he knows nothing about all the while trying to win his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) back. An intricate storyline where you don't know the bad guy until it's almost too late, this movie is the epitome of excellent writing. ****

The Warriors

Set back in the '70's when street gangs were hip and fashionable, this story revolves around the Warriors, a gang from Coney Island, NJ, who are framed for a murder they didn't commit while visiting a gathering of gangs in Central Park. Afterwards, they have to fight their way back home, encountering the various groups that inhabit and litter the streets and subway of New York. ***

Event Horizon

What exactly is a black hole? Is it a portal to another world? Is it simply nothing, existing only to pull all into its being? This was the secret mission of the Event Horizon. Harnessing the power of a black hole, the ship and its crew set out to attempt traveling at the speed of light. Something went very wrong. The Event Horizon disappeared. Decades later, it was found amid the rings of Jupiter. A resuce and recovery mission, led by Laurence Fishburne, was sent out to investigate. What they found was more than they expected, more than they could fathom, and now it has been reawakened. This is one of the best horror sci-fi films I've seen. ***

The Matrix

Everything you know is wrong. Misconceptions arise as Thomas Anderson, Neo by his cyber friends, wonders why he feels so out of place in this life. His search for answers point to a person named Morpheus. Neo learns that not all of his perceptions were incorrect. This incredible film was both a visual spectacle as well as a phenominal story. Walking out at the end of it for the sixth time, I began to question whether the world I perceive is in actuality just a facade. Look for more to come as two sequels are in the stages as I write. Highly recommended. ****

Mystery Men

Who will save Champion City from the clutches of the evil Cassanova Frankenstein? Seven would-be superhero with anything but superpowers, that's who. William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens and Jeanine Garofalo round out this humorous cast of hero zeroes. A clear and simple plot makes this a fun film to view and the ending instills the possibility that we all could be heroes in our own right. ***

Young Frankenstein

"That's Frankensteen!!" Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman give superb performances as Dr. Freidrich Von Frankenstein, his monster and manservant Igor (respectively) in Mel Brooks' 1974 horror satire. The funniest part, in my opinion, is Gene and Peter's dance number. This film is perhaps the best Mel Brooks film to date, outdoing any of his other works. Suffice to say, this film will stand the test of time and will remain a classic for decades to come. ****

Legend of Drunken Master

Although the latest movie to be released in theaters for Jackie Chan, it's not his most recent. This film was released six years ago and is actually the second in a trilogy(?) I highly enjoyed this film. It was definitely an action film with a minor plot. I thought that it flowed easy from scene to scene and the stunts were spectacular. Jackie Chan nevers disappoints. ***

Highlander : Endgame

Where do I start with this film? I went into the theater expecting a good fight and half decent story. Damn, was I disappointed. Endgame through continuity of now only the first three films, but ignored some aspects of the tv show and retconned it's way around the mythos. Some flaws - Dismisses everything that happened in the first film, ignores that the second and third film ever happened, apparently Duncan was married despite him saying otherwise in the show. These are just a few. I was highly disappointed with the ending, as I said I expected a big battle between Duncan and Connor and the "gang" of bad guys. Man, not even a Queen song. This isn't a Highlander film and I am a firm believer in the phrase "There can be only one." and in my opinion that was the original. Nothing else compares. **

Tank Girl

Taken from the pages of the popular comic from Dark Horse, this movie centers around Sarah (Lori Petty), a beer guzzling, bent on sex, tough as nails grrrrl who spends her days in an apocalyptic future looking for water and getting into trouble. I dragged my friends to see this when it released in theaters back in '95 and we were the only people there. Imagine that. I thought this was a decent film, but it lacked anything to draw the general populance in to watch it. I, on the other hand, being a fan of the comic flocked to see it and wasn't too disappointed. Not too sure about Lori Petty as Tank Girl, though. Too sexual and not tough, kick you in the balls enough. ***

The Usual Suspects

Who is Keiser Soze? Gabriel Byrne finds out as he leads a stellar cast, including Kevin Spacey and Benicio Del Toro to name a few. Director Bryan Singer's debut spins a complicated and twisted web of deceit and deception which centers around a group of five thieves who are anything but the usual suspects. This was a brilliantly written story and is the epitome of noir film. "...and then just like that, he was gone." ****

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